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Nigerian Actress, Weruche Opia, Features In HBO’s Drama Of The Year


The daughter of Nigeria’s iconic broadcaster and longtime ‘Nightline’ host, Ruth Benamaisia Opia, stars alongside BAFTA winner Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) in the acclaimed HBO’s Drama of the Year ‘I May Destroy You’.

The HBO series which airs on Showmax every Wednesday has its focus on Arabella, a witty, carefree, and successful young Londoner with a break-out writing career, great friends, and a some-time hook-up in Italy.

Arabella is however forced to reassess every aspect of her life, her career, her friends, and even her family when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug in a nightclub. As she tries to process her trauma, she begins an often painful, sometimes hilarious journey of radical self-discovery that leads her to some surprising places – and controversial conclusions.

Weruche plays the role of Arabella’s devoted, fun-loving best friend, Terry, who’s struggling to get her acting career off the ground.

Weruche Opia, is a  graduate of Drama and Sociology. She was born and raised in Lagos but moved to London at 14, where her father, Eric Opia, was a professor.

Her acting career began with the early roles in British TV series. She played Nafisa in Channel 4’s ‘Top Boy’ and Cleopatra Ofoedo in Jack Whitehall’s ‘Bad Education’ (series and movie).

However, the movie that brought her to the limelight was Seyi Babatope’s 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy movie ‘When Love Happens’. This movie also earned her first award nominations such as the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards where she was nominated for Nollywood Actress of The Year; and a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in the third Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She also went on to star in the sequel movie ‘When Love Happens Again’.

‘I May Destroy You’ is a depiction of the need to ask for help, find support structures, and lean on strong friendships has resonated with audiences and critics alike.

The show has received positive reviews from critics and sits at #23 on Rotten Tomatoes Best TV of 2020 with a 97% critics rating. The show airs every Wednesday night on Showmax and 1Magic.

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